July 24th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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McCain says he'd prefer to speak in Germany as president

Sen. John McCain's campaign is doing what it can to counter the publicity from Sen. Barack Obama's trip.

Sen. John McCain's campaign is doing what it can to counter the publicity from Sen. Barack Obama's trip.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain sharpened his attacks against Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday, saying he'd rather give a speech in Germany as president than as a presidential candidate.

Obama was in Berlin for the latest leg of an international trip intended to bolster his foreign policy credentials at home and set out his vision for a new era of transatlantic cooperation.

Watch: McCain says he'd prefer to speak in Germany as President

McCain was campaigning Thursday in Ohio, focusing on health care.

Speaking to reporters outside Schmidt's Restaurant and Banquet Haus, a German eatery in Columbus, Ohio, McCain responded to Obama's Berlin speech, which attracted large crowds at the Victory Column.

Watch: McCain discusses Obama's Berlin speech

"Well, I'd love to give a speech in Germany ... a political speech or a speech that maybe the German people would be interested in," he said. "But I would much prefer to do it as president of the United States rather than as a candidate for the office of the presidency."

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  1. James Hussein, SC

    ReaganDem84 July 24th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

    Barack is close to violating The Logan Act:

    The Logan Act, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953, states: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.



    SENATOR Obama IS a government representative like SENATOR McCain is!

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. stephanie, Washington

    Why Obama prefers to go abroad to have a speech instead having the town hall meeting with McCain. Voters in america need to know what Obama is going to help them with the struggling economy and high gas price.

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Michael, Canada

    Who cares when old mcbush wants to speak to Germans. Noone would show up anyway!! The man is just boring. The media won't show his entire speeches because the viewing public switches channels When I want to sleep, I listen to a mccain speech.

    As an outsider looking in, I fully support President..... errr. Senator Obama!!

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    mcWAR is sore jealous.This dream is what it is-a dream!

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Robert in Toronto, ON

    Jonny boy...didn't you make a pathetic speech here (Ottawa I believe) months ago which we didn't ask you to be here...ya just kinda showed up and started talkin about NAFTA!

    You couldn't attract 200 people at your rallies, let alone 200 THOUSAND like Obama.

    And personally, I'm gettin tired of people who are hatin on O because he draws big crowds. How is that the "media" pushing it? Did the media ask people to go there? Give me a break!

    Why don't you actually look around you and realize there are millions of people who love and adore Obama, and you're part of the MINORITY – so get over yourselves.

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Mike - Texas

    Problem is, no one would show up.

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Miller

    Good luck with that. You are better off at a German restaurant

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Canadian black man for Obama.

    I am sick and tire to read how McCain is a very good and Obama is not in blog like this.

    Where are the facts or where you getting your facts from? I view youtube McCain flip flops and I see lots of inconsistency in McCain's own words.

    Where is the facts that you are talking about that MCCain has for the country.
    Just admit you hate Obama because either you hate black man or you are dying hearted Republican who will follow them to their graves. If what is happaning to the country is the way the country have to be ruled, because if you have conscience you realized that country need better leadership.

    You guys a busy dividing us America, but the enemies group us together. just take your mind back to 9 11 does the terrorist separated white from black before they striked?

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. White/female/age 55/Texan

    In order to be a rock star you have to have alot of fans. Do you think Mcattack would not do the same if he could draw a croud like that?

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. JJ

    Ok correct me if I'm wrong..But didn't McCain give a speech in Canada???

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Not surprised.

    Cmon mccain, you can't even draw a crowd to the dairy section in King Soupers – there's no way you could do an event like Obama.

    Boy, McCain is sounding even more bitter than usual. I guess his plan to prod Obama into a trip to the middle east has backfired on him big time, huh. He just may have helped Obama put the last nail in the John McCains presidential campaign coffin.

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. single parent in CA

    Interesting how the ones who actually can vote for President, i.e. AMERICANS, are not fooled by the rock band tour. Not with the gap closing between the two.
    Obama is caught up in his own fantasy and the three networks have joined in the delusion. None of them seem to realize that AMERICANS are a heckuva bit smarter than they are given credit.
    I believe that AMERICAN CITIZENS (not illegals!) will see through the smoke and mirrors of both candidates and the political lunacy we'll be forced to endure for four more months and vote in the right person – now if we could only get Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to agree. : )

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Olive Oil (a-guhg-guhg-gugh)

    Obama's speech, when boiled down, and all hype removed, amounted to:
    "Ich bin ein Beginner."

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    McCain will never speak to the German people as President because he will never be elected President. The republicans have screwed this country so badly that even the thought of that sends shivers down the spine!

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Old man stop whining you do not know how to give speach, stop your execuses if you try you know you would be booed

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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